Vision & Mission

At the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, we believe in creating a supportive community for children to be successful in school and life. Because every child deserves a quality education from day one.

What We Stand For


With years of knowledge and expertise, we are here to provide an invaluable resource to children in our community.


We believe that every child, caregiver, and teacher deserves the best resources for their success.


With unbridled support and compassion, it is our goal as an organization to represent those in need of guidance and direction.


We encourage and accept all walks of life so that we can prosper together as a community.

Meet Our
Executive Director

Steve Knobl Ph.D.

"A strong start in the earliest years of a child's life lays the foundation for their future. Quality early childhood experiences are key to helping kids to grow up healthy, productive, and contributing citizens to the economy. Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is 4, and high-quality early childhood education is critically important for all children. I applaud the many leaders throughout the state that are champions for our early learners."

Our Board

Bimal Bhojani, Board Chair

Governor Appointed Chair of the Board

Patrick McHugh

Executive Committee

Dr. Amy Anderson

Pasco Hernando State College Finance/Audit Committee

Mike Napier

Pasco County Health Department

Chantal Porte

Department of Children & Families

Jessica Weightman

Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board

Tim Sabba

Provider Representative - Hernando County

Rebecca Wilkinson-Shields

Business Community At Large Representative

Jacob Horner

Gubernatorial Appointee - Finance/Audit Committee

Lisa Campos

Private Sector

Neil Thompson

Private Sector Executive Committee and Chair of Finance/Audit Committee

Adam Horn

Private Sector Finance/Audit Committee

Kimberly Harrison

Community at Large

Maryam Belavilas, MD

Private Sector Executive Committee

Jan Jones

Faith-Based Provider Representative - Pasco County

Gina Michalicka

Hernando County Schools

Lavana Harvey

Private Sector

Vicki Wolin

Head Start Director - Pasco County Schools

Elizabeth “Beth” Narverud

Hernando County Commissioner

David Slovut, MD

Private Sector

Walter D. Joseph, M.Ed.

Private Sector

Manuel “Manny” Santana

Gubernatorial Appointee

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is soliciting applications from those interested in filling vacancies on its Board. These are volunteer positions in an exciting new endeavor, which will be responsible for the preparation of children, from 0-8 years of age, for entry into both Pasco and Hernando County schools. Except for the representative of a Day Care Provider (a mandate in the covering legislation), an applicant CANNOT be employed by a direct service provider to pre-school children. For more information, call (866) 797-9444, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Upcoming Board Events

Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 8 am

Finance/Audit Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 9 am

Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 8 am

Finance/Audit Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 9 am

Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 8 am

Meet our Staff

LaTisha Bell

Administrative Manager

Carrie Culbertson

Educational Services Director

Rachel Hardy, MBA

Finance Director

Ramute “Jak” Jakubauskas

Administrative Assistant

Kelli Rodriguez

Family Services Director

Ljubica Sevic

Provider Relations Director

Katie Dean

Provider Performance Supervisor

Jenny Dodson

Family Services Supervisor Spring Hill Office

Dawn Espinoza

Professional Development Supervisor

Elisha D. Perry

Developmental Services Supervisor

Sherri Sabadishin

Organizational and Public Engagement Supervisor

Kimberly Williams

Family Services Supervisor - New Port Richey

Join Our Team

To apply for a position with the Coalition, complete our Coalition job application. The complete application, resume and letter of interest must be filled out completely and submitted to Ramute Jakubauskas at r.jakubauskas@elcph.org.